DO NOT PAY FOR ANY GOODS OR SERVICES UPFRONT. YOU ARE NOT THE CONTRACTOR’S BANK.
Other things to look for:
Find the company on BBB (Better Business Bureau), if they don’t have an account or have a bad rating, there might be a good reason for that.
Ask your contractor to send you a copy of their business license, workers comp, and liability insurances.
Have your contractor provide you with phone numbers from a couple of their existing customers. Give the customers a call and ask them about their experience.
Make sure the company has been around for a while. Not all new companies are bad but using an established company comes with experience and greater peace of mind.
Cheapest isn’t always the best. When a contractor is willing to do a job below market price, there’s usually a reason. You’ll save money and headaches in the long run by using the right company for the job.
Pay your deductible! Missouri Senate Bill 101 requires homeowners to pay their deductible. If a contractor is willing to break the rules before the job even starts, they may be cutting corners on your repairs as well.